Children’s Songs With Movements


As October has just about come to an end, we have just one last post for this month!  I took some time to come up with a movement song for every day of the week:

  1. Itsy Bitsy Spider
  2. This Little Piggy
  3. Round and Round the Garden (Goes the Teddy Bear)
  4. Ring Around the Rosie
  5. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  6. I’m a Little Teapot
  7. Tony Chestnut

Some of these songs, I’m sure we’re all familiar with.  Childhood Classics, I’d say.  But there are a few here that may be new, or perhaps you haven’t heard of.

Round and Round the Garden
“Round and Round the Garden (Goes the Teddy Bear)” was a favorite from my childhood.  I recently learned that it’s not a standard as some of my peers weren’t familiar with it.  Here’s the rhyme:

Round and round the garden
goes the teddy bear
one step, two steps,
there’s a tickle under there!

The way this song was introduced to me as a child was with a trusted family member holding me and doing fine motor motions on my hand and arm.  I can see this rhyme adapted for clinical use by hiding instruments under scarves and encouraging exploration of the space and ultimately the instruments.  The words may change to, “One step, two steps, there’s a CABASA under there!”  The individuals in the group could be prompted to sneak, or stomp, etc, while moving to the scarves.  Once an instrument is revealed from underneath the scarf, that person would continue in the “musical garden” while other group members had opportunities to find other instruments.

Tony Chestnut
This song was introduced to me by a colleague.  It’s essentially a more challenging, and abstract version of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” that has a story with double meanings for each body part.  Tony Chestnut = toe, knee, chest, head/nut–so on, and so forth!

Tony Chestnut – The Learning Station

The link above is a video of the song with all the motions!  Of course be aware of personal space when leading this song–it may not be appropriate to have participants touch each other within a therapeutic group.

Let us know if you’ve used any of these movement songs in session!  Catherine and I would love to hear from you!

Keep a look out on November 1st for our new monthly theme!



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